ALCF Arthur H Virtue Home Movies Clip 9197
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- 1980s home movies, 1980s home movie title cards, 1980s home movie trick shots, 1980s stop motion, 1980s Christmas, 1980s holiday tradition, 1980s family life, 1980s suburban life, 1980s fashion, 1980s vehicles, 1980s gifts, Skedoodle, 1980s pets, 1980s extended family, 1982, 1980s, Northfield, New Jersey, Al Larvick Fund
The Films of Arthur H. Virtue
Descriptions by Jini Virtue Errichetti
This clip (9150-52) is part of the Arthur H. Virtue collection. Arthur H. Virtue is the primary filmmaker in this collection. His daughter, Virginia Errichetti is the current custodian of the family films. This collection was conserved and digitally transferred through a grant awarded to Virginia Errichetti by the Al Larvick Conservation Fund in partnership with its sponsor Pro8mm. For more information about this collection, visit https://www.allarvickfund.org/films-of-arthur-h-virtue/
The mission of the Al Larvick Conservation Fund is to preserve historical and cultural heritage through conservation, education, and the public accessibility of American home & amateur analog audiovisual materials.
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The main family members captured in this collection are:
Father/Filmmaker: Arthur H Virtue 4/1/1914 - 12/31/1986
Wife/Mother: Virginia Florence Magowan 3/2/1918 - 7/23/2005
Daughter: Lois Jean Virtue
Son: Arthur Magowan Virtue
Nephew: James Albert Virtue
Son: Vance Charles Virtue
Niece: Wendy Martin Virtue
Daughter: Virginia (Jini) Lyn Virtue Errichetti
Others in this footage include Minnie (Wilimina) Leticia Hagen,
Arthur’s mother-in-law, Minnie (Wilimina) Leticia Hagen and Martha Agnes Kennedy 1874-1960, Arthur’s mother. Additional family members include Arthur’s grandchildren, Vicki, David, Lynn, and Diane. Arthur’s hometown was Northfield, New Jersey, a small town not far from Atlantic City where he worked on the boardwalk.
Collection title: The Films of Arthur H. Virtue
Original format: Super 8 & 8mm film, color, black & white, silent.
Digital format: Footage captured at a standard definition format of 720 x 486 resolution.
Collection size: Approx. 8000ft
Circa: mid 1950s - mid 1980s
Arthur enjoyed “playing around with film and photography,” often shooting trick shots and animating objects and titles for his film. He built a darkroom in the cellar and would often experiment with double exposures and overlays. He also inadvertently became a historical filmmaker as he documented his time working in Atlantic City during the 30’s – 70’s and the many trips the family would take to New York City, Philadelphia, and other areas along the eastern seaboard. He built a frame to hold his Super 8 camera and would shoot miles of the highway as he drove.
Christmas 1982. (0:08) This time we start with everyone seated at the dinner table. (0:39) Now we are at the title cards. This one is of a winter scene by the sea. (0:46) Stop motion letters spell out “Merry Xmas 1982.” The letters vanish as the camera zooms in and out. (1:08) Close-ups of letters spelling out “Happy New Year.” (1:42) Shot of Jini’s baby cousin, born in 1982, underneath the Christmas tree. The baby has a Christmas bib. (2:02) Shadow opens up his gift on the back porch. It’s some sort of doggy treat. (3:21) Jini’s sister-in-law holds the baby, playing with a toy. (3:47) Outside the house, Jini (23 years old) arrives with her boyfriend Gregg at the same time that her sister Lois and her family pull up to the house. (4:00) Jini waves at the camera.
(4:03) The family is all in the living room opening gifts “amid 80’s hairstyles and clothing.” (4:22) Jini receives a canister set and some sort of perfume. She and her boyfriend sniff them. (5:25) More gift opening Lois on the couch. She holds something shiny and metal. (5:43) More gift opening with the family. (6:11) Family members talking. (6:21) Jini’s nephew opens up a Skedoodle (https://www.retroist.com/2015/03/27/hasbros-skedoodle/). (6:40) More gift opening in the living room. (7:04) Wendy and her husband open up a coffee mug.
(7:56) A Christmas in a different year (probably 1981). Footage is dark and underexposed. Camera zooms in on Jini. Virginia is wearing a Merry Christmas apron. Whole family is sitting in the living room. (8:45) Someone opens a magazine or comic book. (8:53) Jini happily opens up some sort of small gift. (9:12) Someone opens up a new purse and a new t-shirt. (9:39) Jini’s nephew opens up a game that looks similar to Simon but the name is difficult to make out. He goes to hug a family member to thank him. (9:54) Family is all seated in the dining room. (10:17) Family back in the living room as Lois opens a green dress. Others continue opening gifts.
(11:01) Camera focuses in on a title card as the year 1980 is superimposed over it. (11:26) We get a series of jump cuts of the tree as it is being decorated and placed in the living room along with the other decorations. (11:51) A shot of the Siamese cat that Jini had in her apartment that she must have brought over to the house for the day. It is playing with a toy. (12:03) Shot of the exterior decorations on the house. (12:22) Once again, Shadow rips open his present. (12:41) Virginia is in the living room holding a new shirt or dress. (12:52) Shot of the family sitting in the living room. (13:08) We see Jini with another boyfriend, Joe. Virginia is wearing her apron. (13:28) Family opens presents in the living room. One of Jini’s nephews looks to have received two pink fuzzy slippers and a board game. (13:46) Someone opens up a pair of pants. (13:56) While everyone is in the living room, Jini is taking photos with her own camera. (14:13) Gift opening on the sofa. (14:23) Jini opens a new necklace. (14:34) Two of the men show off new books that they've received. (14:46) More gift opening, another board game. (15:00) Some mirror shots of the family in the living room. Lois also opens some new clothes. (15:26) Lois’ husband opens two new shirts.
(15:40) Jini’s nephew, 16, goes outside to play with Shadow. He’s holding a toy above the dog. They wrestle for it. (16:10) Lois’ family waves goodbye as they pack into their car and drive away.
(16:32) A title card for Christmas 1979. This time, the family’s actual house (in a yellowish tint) is used as the backdrop. (17:29) Lois’ family arrives once again. (17:42) Jini runs over to her oldest niece and they wave happily at the camera. They are still close today. (17:57) Back in the dining room, the family gathers for dinner. Virginia grabs a bowl from the cabinet. (18:44) Some shots of some birds gathered in the backyard, taken from the window. (19:31) The neighbor’s dog comes and scares them all away.
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